Welcome to the University of the Free State (UFS)

Welcome to the UFS! It is exciting that you have chosen to study here, and we trust that you will have an academically fulfilling experience at our university.


UFS is a research-led, student-centred and regionally engaged university that contributes to development and social justice through the production of globally competitive graduates and knowledge.




Internationalisation is very important to our university. The UFS provides an excellent experience to international students. Dedicated support is provided by the Office for International Affairs, which serves as the first port of call for all international students at the UFS. We have developed a range of Internationalisation-at-home activities, including our Umoja Buddy Programme, which integrates local and international students.


We value the contribution of our international students to intellectual diversity at the UFS. We value the contribution that our international students make to intellectual diversity at our university, and we actively promote opportunities to engage with local students from the UFS. The intellectual cross- fertilisation between students from different backgrounds provides opportunities for the acquisition of international and intercultural competencies by all students, and results in enhanced employability of our graduates.


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